Prof. Dr. Nazlı Eda Noyan (Izmir, 1974) earned her BA and MFA degrees in graphic design. Worked as an intern designer in UNICEF, Ghana. She’s the founding head of the Cartoon and Animation Department of Bahçeşehir University, Faculty of Communication. She’s the author and designer of 13 children’s books (Nar’s Art Journal Series, Gulcin and Yarns Weaving Life Series) as well as writer and director of animated films such as “The Children of the Other Lands” (Best Animation Film Award, Istanbul Short Film Fest, 2006) and “A Cup of Turkish Coffee” (FR, TR co-production, supported by ARTE and CNC. Best Short Film Awards at 51st Golden Orange FF and 59th Valladolid Meeting Point 2013; mentioned in “New Contexts and Voices” chapter of A New History of Animation written by Maureen Furniss (Thames & Hudson, 2016). She is currently working on two animated film projects one of which is a feature animation “Sisters’ Tale” and an experimental animation “A Tender Dream” as writer and director. She is one of the producers of live action feature film in development “If Pope Knew”. She produced a TV program called Animation Camp for TRT EBA. She’s the director of Istanbul Animation Platform & Festival ANIM.IST and founder of Girl Saw The Sea Productions as well as animasyonunkadinlari.org – an archive project for women of animation in Turkey. She’s the academic director of the Istanbul Cinema Museum and “Future is Cinema” education program. She lives in Istanbul with her two daughters and film director husband. instagram: @littlenarrans / @bau_cartoon_animation / @talesisters / @animist_istanbul website: girlsawthesea.net / https://kizkardeslerinmasali.net/
When she was little, she liked to take a long look at the sea, to read Stefi by Grazia Nidasio, to eat flower meal (cauliflower) and lettuce salad, to watch Danny Kaye on sunday TV concert broadcast, to water the sardines and the peach tree in her grandmother’s garden, to bead, to play with her paper dolls and her family. She still loves them. She also loves writing, illustrating, animating, her students at the university and teaching them all kinds of art and design, her husband and daughters Nar Mina and Mavi Lena. And she misses the Aegean, where she was born and she grew up.